Recently Barnstaple was witness to a car accident where a marked police car slammed into a black Renault Scenic. The accident took place at Stonelands Roundabout, Sticklepath Hill, at 7.25pm on a Monday. The details available on the accident are few. The driver of the black Renault is believed to be a local gentleman of 59-years. He was taken to North Devon District Hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.
Two male officers were in the police car which was a marked BMW X5 armed police vehicle. They also had their blue flashing lights on when the accident occurred. The passenger is believed to have suffered from possible fractures to his arm and elbow and also possibly to his ribs. He was shifted to the hospital for treatment. The driver was being treated at the scene by paramedics for shock. The fire crews of both Barnstaple and Braunton were called upon to help with the extract the casualties from their cars.
The road remain shut to other commuters for a long while after the accident pending investigations from the authorities who were trying to ascertain the cause of the accident.
Despite the road being opened for a rather long while now, vehicles plying on the road continued to face massive delays due to traffic the next day. Traffic lights that were believed to have been damaged in the accident were not functioning during peak hours leading to further delays. One of the lanes on A312 at Taw Bridge was closed to allow repair work on the traffic lights to be carried out. Both the Devon and Cornwall Professional Standards Department have been notified of the accident and are looking into the investigation. Witnesses to the accident have been requested to get in touch with the authorities.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation it would be a good idea for the victim of the black Renault to get in touch with no win no fee solicitorsto handle his insurance claim for road traffic accidents. Though the injuries faced were non-life threatening, they will definitely result in significant amount of physical and mental trauma for the victim as well as the family. These form the basis of car accident claims and will have to be handled the right way. Road traffic accident claims are often based on facts provided on what exactly happened that night. As a person talking to your lawyer, it would be a good idea to do it immediately, while your memory remains fresh regarding the incident. Being able to note down every detail leading up to the accident and even after it will be useful. Though it may not seem important, if by any chance, a photograph or two can be provided of the scene right after the accident, you could place yourself in a better position.